Designed for intermediate PHP developers, PHP Fundamentals II enables developers to further advance their professional skills in the PHP language and adopt industry best practices. It utilizes a hands-on approach led by an experienced instructor with numerous examples and practical exercises based on real life software development practices to enhance the hands on learning experience.

What will I learn?

PHP Fundamentals II is designed to teach the intermediate PHP developer the higher level concepts, including a detailed introduction to object-oriented programming. You will be able to use advanced language and web development methodologies to creating more advanced web-based PHP and mobile backend applications. This class provides you with the skills and knowledge required to advance to modern PHP enterprise grade Frameworks development.

What will I be able to achieve?

- Utilize new PHP 7 concepts and language constructs
- Create database-driven web applications similar to the course applications
- Leverage object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques in your applications
- Use built-in objects to interface a database
- Analyze input data and learn to filter and validate it, and why
- Request a web service and process the return data
- Learn how to better recognize inefficient coding practices, and improve them
- Learn best practices
- Learn a few concepts called software design patterns
- How to throw and handle exception objects


This course is designed for PHP developers who have at least 12 months of active development/experience with PHP. An understanding of object-oriented programming in PHP is helpful.


This course assume the completion of the PHP Fundamentals I or PHP Foundations for IBM i Programmers courses or equivalent knowledge and development experience.  This course requires a foundation-level knowledge of the PHP language and syntax.

Class Format

This online class provides nine 2 hours instructor-led lectures coupled with practical examples and student exercises. You will be given a participant course guide, to help you follow along with the lectures and exercises. 

Class outline




  1. Course introduction
  2. Prerequisite knowledge
  3. Course exercises
  4. Overall objective


  1. Configuration directives
  2. Run-time settable directives
  3. Web server PHP and CLI configuration
  4. Target environment configuration
  5. Technology stack configuration for the course VM






  1. The class construct
  2. Class constants, properties and methods
  3. Object instances
  4. Member visibility
  5. Static properties and methods
  6. Inheritance
  7. Overrides
  8. Magic methods
  9. Class and method abstraction
  10. Object interface
  11. Type hinting
  12. Traits
  13. Namespace
  14. Object cloning and comparison
  15. Functions that work with classes
  16. Exceptions









  1. Course application OOP implementation
  2. File structure organization
  3. Architectural thought of the course application
  4. Model/View/Controller design pattern implementation
  5. Controllers and input classes
  6. Core classes and their role
  7. Domain classes, services and business logic
  8. Form and input classes and abstraction
  9. Model classes and abstraction, database access and patterns
  10. View classes and layouts


  1. Basic coding standard
  2. Logger interface and standard
  3. Autoloading and autoloading standard
  4. Caching interface and standard
  5. Messaging interface and standard


  1. Databases
  2. The relational database engine
  3. Structured query language (SQL)
  4. Data modeling
  5. PhpMyAdmin MySQL admin
  6. Terminal MySQL
  7. PHP data objects (PDO) API
  8. Prepared statements
  9. Stored procedure
  10. Transactions
  11. Patterns in database design




  1. Protocols and ports
  2. Client/Server
  4. Client side
  5. HTML web forms
  6. Server side
  7. Server side input validation
  8. Cookies
  9. Sessions
  10. Output control
  11. Headers and browser caching


  1. Composer
  2. Composer files
  3. composer.phar
  4. composer.json
  5. Important composer commands
  6. The "vendor" directory
  7. Composer API docs and packages


  1. Web services
  2. Data formats
  3. Parsing APIs
  4. Web service requests
  5. Soap services
  6. RESTful services
  7. Streams


  1. Regular expressions
  2. Software unit testing
  3. PHP documenter
  4. Web security


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